Senators veto Lions

Published 2:11 am Saturday, September 6, 2008

Heath Harrelson racked up yards and touchdowns every kind of way — bruising, dodging and outrunning defenders — on his way to a career night as the Morgan Senators took down Kingwood, 41-7.

Harrelson ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns, collecting 118 and one score in the first half.

Harrelson also returned a 98-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the third quarter that put the game away for Morgan.

Kingwood (0-2) hurt itself with eight penalties that took away 55 yards, and a lot more in the point swing.

A holding call wiped out a 66-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw by Andrew Steele.

The score would have cut Morgan’s lead to 14-7 with less than four minutes left to play in the first half had it not been for the penalty.

Instead, the Lions went down by two touchdowns at halftime and watched the Senators (1-1) score another unanswered touchdown to start the third.

Although Kingwood coach Jerry Stearns wasn’t happy with the result, he was glad his team didn’t let the game get a lot worse. At best, it wasn’t a repeat of last week’s 41-point loss to Hooper.

“We played much better football tonight than we did last week,” Stearns said. “It didn’t look that way on the scoreboard, but I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in a week. We only had three starters back this year. We’re rebuilding, plus we moved from Class AA up to Class AAA, and it might be tough for us.”

Kingwood finally struck with 5:44 to play in the third when Steele connected with receiver Justus Davis on a 59-yard touchdown, making it a 29-7 game.

The Lions will return to action Friday in the home-opener against Taylor Road. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.